0800084 - ATOMIC EXPLOSION, THE STORY OF FIVE ATOMIC BOMBS (REELS 1-6) 1945-1946 Black & White 59:17
0800085 - ATOMIC EXPLOSION, THE STORY OF FIVE ATOMIC BOMBS (REELS 7-12) 1945-1946 Black & White 59:52
0800086 - ATOMIC EXPLOSION, THE STORY OF FIVE ATOMIC BOMBS (REELS 13-18) 1945-1946 Black & White 1:01:44
This set of videos comprises films that were previously compiled by the U.S. Naval Photographic Center and released by the Defense Nuclear Agency (DNA) in 1983. They provide an account of how and why the U.S. entered the atomic age. The videos also discuss the scientists who contributed to the understanding of the atom.
A highlight of the video is the excellent views of the TRINITY test, the first atomic explosion. Additionally, World War II military objectives and accomplishments of the Allied Forces in the Pacific are detailed along with the events that led to the bombing of two Japanese cities.
In 1946 the U.S. established the Pacific Proving Ground and conducted Operation Crossroads. The two-test operation (ABLE and BAKER) was designed to gain knowledge about the effects of atomic explosions and to determine how an atomic bomb behaves when detonated under water. The view of the water plume from the BAKER test is awesome. A great deal of information was obtained by the Navy and Army Air Force from drone aircraft that sampled the mushroom clouds from the ABLE and BAKER tests.